Updated: Feb 18, 2019
“But I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not even by a mighty hand.” Exodus 3:19
God gave Moses an impossible task. Go to Pharaoh, with all his political, religious, and military might and demand that he let the Israelites go. Demand that the engine of his economy and his power be released. One man against all of this muscle. That’s right Moses. I am giving you a job. Oh, and by the way, you will fail. Pharaoh will not let them go.
God knew this from the beginning. God knew the heart of Pharaoh. Not only did God know that Pharaoh would not listen, He knew that Israel would not listen. Four hundred years of captivity, enslavement, and provision by the Egyptians would be hard to shake. Both Pharaoh and the Israelites hearts were very hard. Pharaoh with pride and power. Israel with brokenness and despair. Israel had deep roots in Egypt. Their needs were met. Their life was repetitive and predictable. Israel was comfortable in their captivity—a very dangerous mindset.
Moses, go get ‘em! Oh, and by the way, if you Moses, go in My power and in My provision, you will succeed! Outside of that, the task is impossible.
Guess what? The task that God gives us in life is no different. We cannot successfully live life apart from God. God tells us so many places that life is hard and if we are going to succeed it must be through Him,
“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.” Isaiah 43:2
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:33-34
Are we walking each day in the power, provision, and promises of God? Life is designed to beat us up and see us fail. Life is an uphill battle yet we approach it like we’re a kid going into a candy store. No wonder Christians are failing and falling in our marriages, our kids, and our overall success in life.
God has so much more for us, if we will simply trust His ways, even when they don’t make sense. Moses had to. Joshua had to. The disciples left everything they had to follow Jesus. Jesus told Peter after His resurrection to follow Him, and Peter’s reward on earth was a cruel death. Crucifixion! It did not make sense, but it was worth it!
Finally, God tells Moses that not only will Pharaoh let you go, not only will you lead millions of Israelites out of Egypt, but the Egyptian people will provide you with all you need on the way out.
“But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.” Exodus 3:22
When we obey and trust God, He goes further than we can imagine. He provides more than we could ever think. He loves us more than we will ever know. Life ain’t easy living apart from God. It’s downright impossible. With God, it still ain’t easy, but it sure is glorious!